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Found it colincactus found A mega-puzzle of many parts

Sunday, December 6, 2009South East England, United Kingdom

Joint {*FTF*} at 3:30pm

Well what can I possibly say to do justice to the MegaPuzzle: a series of 13 puzzles that seems to have taken over my whole life for 2 months. Its rated as 5 stars but since you can't see the next stage until you solved the current one, on any rational rating system the whole series ought to be worth 50. Some of the component puzzles are really 5 star difficulty in themselves.

Everybody will have a different opinion of the best puzzles in the series. For what its worth I think the best were stages 5, 8 and 9. The series is even better when considered as a whole - its beautifully structured, there are recurring themes and it's very neatly tied up at the end.

My only criticism is in reality a compliment: many of the puzzles are absolute gems that fully deserve to be seen as separate puzzle caches in themselves. Sadly the necessary structure of the Megapuzzle hides them so that only the participants can ever see them. Perhaps we should think of it as the benefit that we gain from doing the series.

After the (strangely competitive) co-operative stage, a team gradually formed itself, and through highs and lows and many late nights we fought our way to the end. We arranged a joint FTF at 3pm on Sunday afternoon to get the formula for the co-ordinates from "My Last Puzzle" - which could be thought of as the fourteenth stage of the Megapuzzle. Co-ordinates calculated we quickly moved on to the Megapuzzle cache. Fortunately it was an easy find and we didn't need our torches. I swapped geocoins after seeing that it was the one that TJ had recovered from my "In Memoriam" (Bobcat) cache.

We then retired to TJs house for well-earned drinks and mince pies. Croquet Mike had worked through the night and presented TJ with a framed picture to celebrate the occasion.

I've really enjoyed this series. Thanks go to my team-mates (from whom I've learnt a huge amount), and of course to TJ for the series. On "The Bobcat"(my son)'s behalf, I'd like to thank you for immortalising him in one of the puzzles - he was absolutely thrilled.

#220 TFTC and puzzles

infoA Mystery Cache is the “catch-all” of cache types, this form of cache can involve complicated puzzles you will first need to solve to determine the coordinates. The only commonality of this cache type is that the coordinates listed are not of the actual cache location but a general reference point, such as a nearby parking location. Due to the increasing creativity of geocaching this becomes the staging ground for new and unique challenges.
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